The goal of this course is to come to understand, through reading and writing how we know what we know about ourselves, our culture and the culture of others. This is the reason for the assigned readings. Reading carefully and critically is an important part of this course. By critically, I do not mean finding fault. I mean looking for connections between what you read and your own experiences and if there are no connections trying to understand why. After you have practiced careful reading, you will apply that skill to the work of your peers and, eventually, to your own work.
The essential work of any writing course is revision. There is more to writing than first thoughts, first drafts and first pages. This course is organized so that you work each essay through several drafts. When I assess your writing, I will be looking at the progress from draft to draft.
This course is a studio course, like painting or sculpture. You will be practicing your art by working on specific, assigned projects. This course could also be thought of as a lab. The essays you write are your experiments and you will work on them until you are satisfied with the results. The tutor and I will look over your shoulder and monitor your progress. Three times this term we will assess your progress by looking at your portfolio. This is a course where you practice writing. You can expect to write regularly, at least one reading response or essay draft every day. For this reason, you need a regular place and time for writing, so it becomes your daily routine.
DESCRIPTION: You will turn in three, three-five page essays. They must be typed and double-spaced. Each essay will present a thesis supported with clear, reasonable evidence. EACH ESSAY MUST BY ACCOMPANIED BY A ROUGH DRAFT. The rough draft may be handwritten. If you use a computer, print a hard copy for your rough draft. You must have the rough draft in time for the peer review session. Notes from the peer review session must accompany the rough draft when you turn it in. The rough draft must be signed by the peer reviewers.
|A college-level dictionary|
|Shape of Reason, John Gage (optional)|
|One letter-sized folder for turning in essays|
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of WR121 or a passing score on the WR121 waiver exam. A score of 4 on the AP Composition and Literature exam or a score of 3 on the AP Language and Composition exam.
ACCESS: If you have a disability (physical or learning) that you think may affect your performance in this class, please see me during the first week of the term so we can discuss whatever may be necessary to ensure your access to all classroom activities.
PEER REVIEWS: Students will receive forms to aid them in evaluating
one another's rough drafts. Students will turn in the peer reviewer's written
evaluation of their work stapled to the final copy of their essays. The
student who wrote the peer evaluation will be graded on it. Failure to
thoroughly evaluate another students' work will lower your grade.
No essay will be accepted unless it is accompanied by a peer review and
a rough draft. Peer reviews are graded plus, check, or minus. To get a
plus give your colleague's paper your full attention.
REACTION: . Your grade depends mainly on whether you do them
ATTENDANCE: If you are not ill, you do not have a child too sick
to take to daycare, or a family emergency you are expected to be in class.
To be considered present, you must have read the assignment and have any
written work assigned. Leaving early, lateness, or lack of preparation
can cause you to flunk the class. If you are involved in student activities
(athletics, choir) you must make arrangements to turn in work on time.
Do not ask for extra time without one of the reasons listed at the beginning
of this paragraph. Please do not be offended if I ask you to verify illness
and emergencies. Previous students with four and five grandmothers dying
in one semester are responsible for my suspicious nature.
GRADES: The grade will be based on the essays(75%), on short
writings on the assigned readings (15%), and on your written reviews of
your fellow students' essays (10%). Late essays will lose a grade each
class meeting they are late. To be on time, an essay must be turned in
at the beginning of the class period it is due, not later that day. YOU
MUST COMPLETE ALL ESSAYS ASSIGNED IN ORDER TO PASS THIS CLASS.
FORMAT: Please read the section on standard manuscript form in
your handbook. I have already said that all essays must be typed. If you
use a dot matrix printer, please double-strike. Essays not in standard
manuscript form will not be accepted.
PLAGIARISM: Please read the definition of plagiarism in your
handbook. The consequences of plagiarism are spelled out in the Code of
Student Conduct in your TIME SCHEDULE OF CLASSES. Ask me if you are confused
about what constitutes plagiarism. It is far better to ask than to flunk.
Many students plagiarize inadvertently. If you do plagiarize intentionally,
you flunk the course. There will be no second chances.
Rereading America is a challenging text. Do not expect to understand the readings immediately. Readings may be assigned as background material for more than one writing assignment.
Additional readings may be assigned later
THERE IS NO FINAL EXAM IN THIS CLASS. This is a tentative schedule, subject to revision